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Anxiety Disorders Center

General Overview

Anxiety is a state of apprehension, tension, and uneasiness in response to a perceived threat. Although anxiety is considered a normal response to temporary periods of stress or uncertain situations, prolonged, intense, or inappropriate periods of anxiety may indicate an anxiety disorder.
There are several distinct types of anxiety disorders, each with its own set of risk factors, symptoms, and/or treatment options. They include:

Living With Anxiety

Stress is a daily part of life, and some amount of it is healthy. But too much stress can lead to chronic anxiety. Consider the following methods to keep stress at bay.
Lack of sleep increases feelings of stress and impairs functioning in a number of other ways. People with anxiety disorders may need to pay special attention to getting a good night's sleep, so read on.
Depending on how much your anxiety is effecting your life, you may want to consider therapy. Read here to find out your options.
How to choose a therapist or counselor
Before you jump into therapy, there are important issues that you need to consider. For example, "How do I choose a therapist?" "How much will it cost and how long will it take?" "What kinds of therapies are there and how do they differ?" " What should I expect at my first session?"

Living With Anxiety (Continued)

Support groups: how do they help?
Find out how a support group may help you and how to find the right one.

Natural and Alternative Treatments (By Condition)

American Counseling Association 800-326-2642 http://www.counseling.org

Anxiety Disorders Association of America http://www.adaa.org

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) http://www.nimh.nih.gov